The Clovers dedicated one of their encores at Anton's 1201 Club Tuesday night to their late bandmate and guitarist, Bill Harris, thereby adding a classy coda to a casual and entertaining look at rock-and-roll's roots.
As presently constituted, the pioneer group is versatile enough to appeal to both R&B fans and the Atlantic City casino audiences it caters to most of the year. If you include yourself among the former group, you'll have to endure some innocuous contemporary pop -- the vocal quartet's unlikely cover versions of the Engelbert Humperdinck hit "After the Lovin'," for example -- but you'll also be rewarded with some rousing and occasionally raunchy R&B classics.
In addition to exhuming its hits "One Mint Julep," "Love Potion No. 9," "Lovey Dovey" and "Blue Velvet," the group also playfully revived "60 Minute Man" and other songs popularized by its peers. Bass singer Harold Lucas, who co-founded the group in the late '40s, still sings with youthful zest, but among the veterans it's 30-year member Johnny Mason who really stands out. He was particularly impressive when belting out the blues amid stinging solos by guitarist Chuck Booker.
The engagement runs through Sunday.